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1954 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1954 Baltimore Orioles season was the franchise's 54th season (it was founded as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901, then played as the St. Louis Browns from 1902–53) but its first season as the Baltimore Orioles. The season involved the Orioles finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 54 wins and 100 losses, 57 games behind the AL champion Cleveland Indians in their first season in Baltimore. The team was managed by Jimmy Dykes, and played its home games at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

  • April 15, 1954: Thousands of Baltimoreans jammed city streets as the new Orioles paraded from downtown to their new home at Memorial Stadium. During the 90-minute parade, the new birds signed autographs, handed out pictures and threw styrofoam balls to crowd as the throng marched down 33rd Street West. Inside, more than 46,000 watched the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-1, to win their home opener and move into first place in the American League.[5] Ironically, the Orioles lost their last home game of the season, 11-0, to the same White Sox, finishing with 100 losses and 57½ games out of first place.[6]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Indians 111 43 .721 --
New York Yankees 103 51 .669 8
Chicago White Sox 94 60 .610 17
Boston Red Sox 69 85 .448 42
Detroit Tigers 68 86 .442 43
Washington Senators 66 88 .429 45
Baltimore Orioles 54 100 .351 57
Philadelphia Athletics 51 103 .331 60

Notable transactions

Roster

1954 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Courtney, ClintClint Courtney 122 397 107 .270 4 37
1B Waitkus, EddieEddie Waitkus 95 311 88 .283 2 33
2B Young, BobbyBobby Young 130 432 106 .245 4 24
3B Stephens, VernVern Stephens 101 365 104 .285 8 46
SS Hunter, BillyBilly Hunter 125 411 100 .243 2 27
LF Fridley, JimJim Fridley 85 240 59 .246 4 36
CF Diering, ChuckChuck Diering 128 418 108 .258 2 29
RF Abrams, CalCal Abrams 115 423 124 .293 6 25

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Kennedy, BobBob Kennedy 106 323 81 .251 6 45
Kryhoski, DickDick Kryhoski 100 300 78 .260 1 34
Coan, GilGil Coan 94 265 74 .279 2 20
Brideweser, JimJim Brideweser 73 204 54 .265 0 12
Mele, SamSam Mele 72 230 55 .239 5 32
Moss, LesLes Moss 50 126 31 .246 0 5
García, ChicoChico García 39 62 7 .113 0 5
Wertz, VicVic Wertz 29 94 19 .202 1 13
Murray, RayRay Murray 22 61 15 .246 0 2
Lenhardt, DonDon Lenhardt 13 33 5 .152 0 1
Kokos, DickDick Kokos 11 10 2 .200 1 1
Durham, JoeJoe Durham 10 40 9 .225 1 3
Kellert, FrankFrank Kellert 10 34 7 .206 0 1
Berry, NeilNeil Berry 5 9 1 .111 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Turley, BobBob Turley 35 247.1 14 15 3.46 185
Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman 33 221.1 13 17 3.50 103
Larsen, DonDon Larsen 29 201.2 3 21 4.37 80
Pillette, DuaneDuane Pillette 25 179 10 14 3.12 66
Kuzava, BobBob Kuzava 4 23.2 1 3 4.18 15
Bickford, VernVern Bickford 1 4 0 1 9.00 0

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kretlow, LouLou Kretlow 32 166.2 6 11 4.37 82
O'Dell, BillyBilly O'Dell 7 16.1 1 1 2.76 6
Koslo, DaveDave Koslo 3 14.1 0 1 3.14 3

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Chakales, BobBob Chakales 38 3 7 3 3.73 44
Fox, HowieHowie Fox 38 1 2 2 3.67 27
Blyzka, MikeMike Blyzka 37 1 5 1 4.69 35
Stuart, MarlinMarlin Stuart 22 1 2 2 4.46 13
Littlefield, DickDick Littlefield 3 0 0 0 10.50 5
Heard, JayJay Heard 2 0 0 0 13.50 2
Duren, RyneRyne Duren 1 0 0 0 9.00 2

Awards and honors

1954 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA San Antonio Missions Texas League Don Heffner
A Wichita Indians Western League Herb Brett and Les Layton
A Lewiston Broncs Western International League Larry Barton, Sr.
B York White Roses Piedmont League George Staller
B Anderson Rebels Tri-State League Virgil Stallcup, Fred Boiko and Bob Knoke
C Pine Bluff Judges Cotton States League Frank Lucchesi and Bill Enos
C Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Barney Lutz
C Thetford Mines Mineurs Provincial League Bill Krueger
D Wytheville Statesmen Appalachian League Joe Murray, Bill Enos and Jim Cisternelli
D Americus-Cordele Orioles Georgia-Florida League Cliff Melton and Jack Landis
D Ada Herefords/Cementers Sooner State League Louis Brower and John Densmore
D Marion Marauders Tar Heel League Bob Knoke

Tar Heel League disbanded, June 21, 1954

Notes

References

  • 1954 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1954 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com
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